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Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet

Date: Mar 09 2007

Themes: Friend


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There is an infinite number of ways to say hello to someone. Countries and cultures certainly have their own greeting customs, from handshakes (like in the picture) to hugs to kisses. But within each country and culture, there are countless variations, appropriate for different situations.

In the US, in a professional setting like meeting someone for a job interview or greeting a new co-worker, shaking hands is customary. Many people also shake hands in social situations. They shake hands when they are introduced for the first time or when they are saying hello to someone they don’t know that well. But in these same situations, some people just say hi and do not extend their hand.

For closer friendships and family relationships, greetings also vary. Stereotypically, American men are not as affectionate with other men. Even some fathers and sons will simply shake hands, even if they haven’t seen each other for a year. In other families, men hug or kiss each other on the cheek.

Did you see Hollywood director Martin Scorsese win the Academy Award? Many of the men around him hugged and kissed him to congratulate him.

Listen to Mason and Kevin talk about greetings.


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Mason:  I don’t know about you…. I, I had dinner with my family this weekend…

Kevin:  OK.

Mason:  And, uh, they’re big on the kiss on the cheek. Like, it’s kind of a family thing for us.

Kevin:  I think it’s nice. I, I do it with many of my friends.

Mason:  Yeah?

Kevin:  Yeah.

Mason:  The kiss on the cheek?

Kevin:  Yeah. Definitely a hug. Definitely a hug. Often a kiss on the cheek.

Mason:  I, I used to be really huggy with my friends, like, my high school friends who I’d known for a long time. But, uh, the new friends, it seems inappropriate now somehow.

Kevin:  Huh. Why, why is that?

Mason:  Um, I don’t know, uh…

Kevin:  I mean, ‘cause you haven’t been friends as long? I mean…

Mason:  Maybe, yeah.

Kevin:  ‘Cause, ‘cause I feel like I have better friends here than I did in high school, with, with few except… I mean, you know, a few exceptions, but… I have some really great friends here.

Mason:  Yeah, I don’t know, um… and also, I mean, like, I don’t, I don’t like to do surface hugs, like, when I go for a hug. It’s… I want…

Kevin:  Bear hug.

Mason:  ... Full body contact, so, uh, I think that maybe scares people, maybe I’m weirding them out.

Kevin:  Not that kind of straight man, like, butt-out hug…

Mason:  The slap-and-hug? The angry war-like hug? No, I don’t…

Kevin:  That really does creep me out. I think, but I think a nice… I think a kiss on the cheek is appropriate.

Mason:  So, can we be hugging friends now?

Kevin:  We can. I mean, it depends on how we feel about it.

Mason:  Hey, you know… cool.

Kevin:  It’s all good with me.



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Mason and Kevin are both pretty affectionate with their friends.

Kevin always hugs his friends and often gives them a kiss on the cheek.

Mason hugs his older friends, but not his newer friends. If he does hug someone, he likes to give a real hug, not a superficial one.

How do you say hello to your friends and family?

Are men as affectionate as women in your country?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

im so affectionate with my friends especialy my best friends i say hi; how r u  whats up/?!;; my  friends always tell me uv got really sport :))  i think women are more affectionate 

01:15 PM Aug 23 2013 |



A hug for my close friends, and a kiss on the cheek for my other friends and family. Well, here, a kiss on the cheek is customary (between females) even if you’re just acquaintences, as long as you know this girl/woman you should kiss her on the cheek.

Men here are affectionate, they greet with a kiss on the cheek as well, but not at all times or to anyone like is it for females, it depends on your relationship with this person and the occasion of your meeting e.x wedding, celebration, or just running into them somewhere.

08:01 AM Apr 03 2013 |

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03:49 AM Jan 19 2013 |

Son of English

Hong Kong

Kotlesya – ha, it looks like he’s sucking out the other guy’s soul!

06:59 AM Nov 06 2012 |



Viet Nam

a kiss

10:33 PM Nov 05 2012 |



whaT’s Up!!! que pasooo …. hehe. cOOL.

05:18 PM Jun 09 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

it is right to say that the world has become a worldwide village,cause when I read others’ comments I can see surprisingly how our thoughts , rules , even our values got simmilar to each other I guess if our governments didn’t interfere among people’s relationships because of their own power thirsty or mammonism by spreading their propaganda we all could really love each other and we could live happily with each other in a peaceful Eatrh,who knows maybe such a day arrives ,but back to the topic at hand I should say the nation’s greetings used to be different but now our greetings  are totally simmilar with a tinge of difference I read somewhere that Indians used to press  their palms   on each other and say ‘Namaste’ the word which is used at the beginnig of Yuga classes or in one of African tribes that I can not remember its name they used to spit beside each other’s shoes or at least pretend to do so or in Iran traditionally men used to pat on each others’ back or have a bear hug and women used to kiss on each others’ cheek but nowadays we use all methods of greetings 1.kissing on cheeks men with men and women with women (but this segregation is just for religious ones not all people)2.shaking hands3.hug each other bear hug or any other possible type :)

02:17 PM Apr 22 2012 |




Men are not affectionate as women in my country. They greet each other with handshakes as in formal as in not formal situation. Maximum they can do is to do a “semi-hug”. They  slap the shoulder of the friend then.

The only one famous politician of ex USSR Leonid Brezhnev was out of this rule. He was veryyyyyy affectionate :)

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10:22 PM Mar 28 2012 |




In Indonesia, men greet each other by shaking hand and hugging. It’s a bit strange to see men greeting each other by kissing, but it’s just acceptable for women.

11:50 PM Jan 13 2012 |

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I love hugging friends and kissing people, expecially if they are womenTongue out


come on people, let’s hug all each other


03:48 PM Jan 13 2012 |




right Julito, judging without knowledge and just guided by our cultural practices is not fair. Imagine if we are in…Korea for example, and we greet someone by a kiss; we would be also judged or seen in a strange way.Laughing     

12:04 PM Jan 13 2012 |

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I saw in India men walking holding hands . should I have judged them by my own cultural standard , would be a gross mistake on my part. 

11:42 AM Jan 13 2012 |




In Peru the majority greet each other by kissing on the cheek or shaking      hands. This depends on whom are we greeting, the gender, and the situation. For example, men greet other men by shaking hands or by a hug (if there is a close relation to the person) and they greet women by a kiss on the cheek.

On the other hand, women greet men and women by a kiss on the cheek, and in some cases we also shake hands; for example when the person we greet is an older adult.Smile

11:11 AM Jan 13 2012 |




In my country of residence men used to be almost as affectionate as women, but that is more among certain types, but today that has changed considerably.

01:35 PM Dec 17 2011 |



Booqasho & Salaan

04:27 AM Nov 26 2011 |

coolgirlis me

Viet Nam

in my country, when people meet someone who they dont know, they often say hello and shake hands .

08:09 PM Oct 22 2011 |

Learner of Life


Hi! {#emotions_dlg.smile}

07:11 PM Oct 22 2011 |




Also the heat affects women´s behaviour  and some white women have adapted specially to the climate and has created the Brazilian courtesy handshake which was described from years ago by my father to me

10:26 AM Oct 22 2011 |




Brazilian men can be slightly more affectionate traditionally I think than Brazilian women, they embrace with a space and also at times back-pat, that is according to my father, but can also be seen in Portugal, though today they have turned more cosmopolitan. There used to be some rivalry between Brazilian women, or a very light friendly sweetness, with still much formal courtesy. Some ordinary Brazilian women can go to some lengths to help their same-gender friends and try to live up to their latest notions but it is not easy to make friends with them, and need not be that common and even if it exists is often a girls´secret.

10:23 AM Oct 22 2011 |



United Kingdom

I love hugging people. This way i can sincerely show them how i feel. Occasionally i hug my mother especially when i am away for sometime. But hugging is not appropriate in some occasion. You don’t wanna hug a married woman in front of her jealous husband. I think the right time when to hug someone is when you and the other party are really comfortable doing it.

04:57 AM Oct 21 2011 |

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